Aural Sculptors - The Stranglers Live 1976 to the Present

Welcome to Aural Sculptors, a blog aimed at bringing the music of The Stranglers to as wide an audience as possible. Whilst all of the various members of the band that have passed through the ranks since 1974 are accomplished studio musicians, it is on stage where the band have for me had their biggest impact.

As a collector of their live recordings for many years I want to share some of the better quality material with other fans. By selecting the higher quality recordings I hope to present The Stranglers in the best possible light for the benefit of those less familiar with their material than the hardcore fan.

Needless to say, this site will steer well clear of any officially released material. As well as live gigs, I will post demos, radio interviews and anything else that I feel may be of interest.

In addition, occasionally I will post material by other bands, related or otherwise, that mean a lot to me.

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Sunday 25 September 2022

The Bodysnatchers John Peel Session 8th April 1980


Happy days, having delved into the controversial history of Rhoda and The Special AKA's version of 'The Boiler'single, I unearthed a gem. As mentioned in the earlier post, this Bodysnatcher's original is a rather elusive beast, appearing on one bootleg and on a John Peel Session from 1980. And here is that session. The Peel session id posted here in great quality (thanks to the 'Formerly known as the bollocks' website). At this stage of its gestation (perhaps an unwise turn of phrase given the subject matter) 'The Boiler' has all of the signatures of early 2-Tone i.e. that high octane melding of punk and ska. To my ears the song sounds great and Rhoda's vocals are pretty much word for word the same as on the released version. What it lacks is the sinister edge that Jerry's cinematic organ arrangement brought with it. But it is great to be able to compare and contrast such a hugely poignant and important song as it evolved between the writing and recording.



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